Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Mad Mike Monsters Volume 3dotdot
artworkThis is the least interesting of the three volumes, with a lot of forgettable tracks and nothing really essential, except for The Motivations' "The Birds."
Picks: The Motivations - The Birds

Track by Track Review


The Hong Kongs - Surfin' In The China Sea dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Fake Chinese words, a trite Chinese piano riff, and a pounding piano frenzy sans melody. Spunky, but forgettable.

Mad Mike and the Maniacs - The Hunch dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is totally weird. Mostly it's a one chord frat rocker, with up glissandos between verses and shouts of "let's do the hunch" from Mad Mike. If not for the grinding glissandos, it would not stick in ram.

The Motivations - The Birds dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool semi surf riff with really cool effects from the echo plex and the outboard reverb, and a menacing meanness. The chunky damped surf rhythm guitar keeps it in focus, and the drums provide the thunder. Very cool track.

The Premieres - Firewater dotdot
Fifties Riff Rock (Instrumental)

"Firewater" is a fifties riff rock progression, with no melody and muddy sound. It does have plenty of spunk, but it's so repetitious that the utterances of Firewater don't really help. Not particularly cool.

The Youngsters - Zebra dot
Jungle (Instrumental)

This R&B number uses the "Suzie Q" drums, and a mess of jivin' lo-fi groovin' to create an exotic sound. No melody to speak of, and a boring fifties guitar break.